Our training partner Steven Eglinton, Director of GeoEnable and Chair of BIM 4 Infrastructure UK, has been busy in the last few weeks of December delivering BIM training for client BSI, in Europe and Asia Pacific. Steven has been an essential part of the Digital Node training team this year, and his knowledge and expertise is outstanding.
Paris in the Winter
We were lucky enough to deliver BIM training in Paris for BSI UK and the training was focused on PAS 1192-5 (security) and PAS 1192-6 (Health & Safety). This is a magical city and to be there for Christmas was very special.
The course was delivered in the context of engineering and major infrastructure projects, as the delegates work focused on these sectors. Steven commented that ‘The delegates had a clear understanding of the criticality of how working with standard methods and procedures can make a great difference for improving the consistency and quality of information.”
It is interesting to note that either directly or indirectly UK-based major infrastructure projects are driving the focus on these standards and there is much interest in the security and health and safety aspect of BIM.
This was our first training of its kind supporting the two standards and we plan to roll-out more of this in the coming year.
The uniqueness of Hong Kong
Steven spent a week in the captivating cultural city of Hong Kong, delivering four days of BSI Training for BSI Asia Pacific. Steven commented that “The delegates already had a good understanding of the overview of BIM Level 2. These are clear mandates requirements for the HK Government. This is making a big impact, as we have seen in the UK. There was a good mixed of delegates, with a large contingent of MEP professionals across the whole week.”
Hong Kong continue to charge ahead in BIM, there is much interest in BIMin this region and there are limited resources for education and training. This is an exciting time for us as we hope to support BSI in this region moving forward.
Steven continues “Hong Kong has a huge opportunity to benefit from BIM processes, Digital Construction as a whole and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA). With space at a premium inHong Kong, even more so that the UK, there is a real focus on off-site construction, logistics and ‘4D BIM’ being time-enabled models for sequencing /project phasing. The main reason is ‘4D BIM’ is explicitly part of the HK Government requirements”.
One interesting point to note is that there is a Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modelling (HKIBIM). While clearly the focus has been – and still is – on 3D modelling and authoring as well as 3D CAD for different disciplines, it is immediately clear that wider process-driven approach to BIM is understood. There is one course focused on integrated project delivery. So, process and wider Information Management (IM) is not yet the main focus of many. This is clearly changing – as Steven’s focus was education around the BIM Level 2 standards. Stephen added: “There is an appetite for improving process here. I look forward to seeing how ISO 19650 suite will make an impact as all the companies who attended the training had ISO 9001, this is not a typical situation in the UK. It is 50% of delegates who are aware of ‘management systems’ like ISO 55000 or ISO 9001.”